MOST of the machinery and equipment at the former Honda manufacturing plant in South Marston was sold to a single buyer.
Global consultancy, restructuring and investment firm Gordon Brothers oversaw the auction of the factory’s expensive assets and did not disclose the identity of the big spender.
Offers poured in from around the world for the auction of state-of-the-art engine manufacturing and assembly equipment.
This included a multi-station four-cylinder diesel engine assembly line, a power press, 59 car manufacturing robots, a press shop, injection molding, die-casting, machine tools, a manufacturing plant. paint, a vehicle-to-drive rain simulator to check for water leaks in the body of cars, and a lift capable of carrying 3000 kg.
Sales continued after production at the plant was permanently discontinued in July.
The company has now launched the auction for a new auction which will see the sale of racing cars and tools from the Honda Synchro Motorsport team.
This includes five Honda Civic Type-Rs, a Honda Jazz with a modified Type R engine, a Brian James race car transporter, and high-end tooling.
Honda employees at the 370-acre site devoted some of their free time to developing and racing cars as part of the volunteer Synchro Motorsport racing team which was founded in 1992, the same year they started manufacturing the fifth generation Honda Accord.
The name of the motorsport team comes from the codename given to the Accord during its development – Synchro.
Duncan Ainscough, Industrial and Commercial General Manager of Gordon Brothers, said: “This online auction provides a unique opportunity to purchase Honda’s own Synchro Motorsport assets, which competed in Britcar’s Dunlop Endurance Championship, at the Creventic 24H Series and some of Europe’s toughest endurance championships. .
“All of these popular assets are well maintained, making them attractive proposals to potential buyers and expected to generate high global interest. ”
The online auction is online until September 23. Gordon Brothers has worked with four of the world’s five largest auto companies, made over 1,200 engagements and valued £ 11 billion in auto assets over the years.
For more information on the auction visit gordonbrothers.co.uk/Honda-Synchro or email [email protected]